Cross-cutting Priorities

Across these four Results Areas, the UN’s actions will help achieve the following cross-cutting priorities, ensuring that the partnership meets the expectations that UN work everywhere be gender sensitive, human rights based, environmentally sustainable, and focused on building up national capacities to achieve development results. This expectation has been heightened by the need to promote coherence in attaining the inter-related and mutually-dependent 17 SDGs. In following the priority set in the Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies (CPESDP, 2017-2024), UN efforts will explicitly target youth development throughout the Results and Cross-Cutting Priorities.

  • Human Rights

    The work of the UN aims to reduce barriers to the recognition and protection of human rights by identified vulnerable and marginalised groups. The UNSDP targets the work of the UN towards filling the capacity gaps of rights holders to claim their rights and of duty bearers to fulfil them, working across all the UNSDP Outcomes. The UN works across political spheres, with civil society, and government services in this endeavour.

  • Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment

    All UN efforts are grounded in gender analysis and identify and address the barriers that women and girls face in political participation, education, health, livelihoods, etc. Efforts are also directed at ensuring that women and girls benefit from policies and services and are empowered to contribute to political, economic and social well-being. Gender equality is mainstreamed in the UNSDP not only as a fundamental right, but as a means to sustainable development. This work is supported in coherent fashion through the leadership of the UN Gender Team (UNGT), comprising gender specialists and focal points from across the UN Agencies.


    Success in curtailing the AIDS epidemic stems from taking a holistic approach that spans rights, health care, education, and livelihoods. UN work aims to reduce stigma and discrimination that bar persons living with HIV/AIDS from accessing public services in health, education, jobs, and the justice system, and to confront any complacency in terms of educating young people and other at-risk groups about HIV/AIDS. The combined efforts of UN Agencies support the achievement of the global 90-90-90 strategy in Ghana and promote Ghana’s advocacy leadership at the regional and global levels. This work is taken forward by the Joint UN Team on AIDS (JUTA), under the leadership of UNAIDS.

  • Data for development

    UN Agencies works with the Ghana Statistical Service, the National Development Planning Commission, MMDAs, and line Ministries that generate agricultural, employment, environmental and social data, to reduce gaps in SDG indicators, generate human-rights disaggregated data, make better use of administrative data sets, and improve collaboration and information sharing among those that produce data and those that need data for planning, monitoring, and public accountability. This work is taken forward through the Inter-Agency UN Data Group.

  • Resilience

    The UN supports humanitarian crisis prevention and preparedness, working directly with at-risk communities and with the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO). Work on risk and vulnerability analysis leading to contingency planning and preparedness is carried forward by the Inter-Agency Working Group on Emergencies, with support from OCHA, including key NGOs.

  • Youth

    UN agencies take a comprehensive approach to spur youth development, to support the implementation of the African Union Roadmap on Demographic Dividend in Ghana, and protect the human rights of children and adolescents. Support targets: increasing access to good quality basic education and health services throughout childhood; improving the quality and availability of primary education that equips teenagers with basic skills and the ability to continue to learn; meeting the needs of adolescents for comprehensive sexual and reproductive health education and rights; combatting discrimination, gender-based violence and harmful cultural practices such as early and forced marriage; and addressing both demand and supply side constraints on decent work for young women and men.